Breathmarks: ready-made haiku from the table of contents

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When I opened the little book “Breathmarks: haiku to read in the dark” by Gary Hotham published by Canon Press, I was immediately drawn by the table of contents which was a simple list of the haiku’s “first line” with the corresponding page number.  (Readers can browse the table of contents and some pages of the book on Amazon)

 

These “first lines”, alternating between short and long and short, could be read like a series of haiku. These ready-made haiku were sometimes funny, sometimes moving, and simply beautiful. 

 

Example:

 

soft rain 72

I lean 73

at the bus stop 74

 

Source: table of contents of “Breathmarks” by Gary Hotham (photo)

 

This is a haiku made from the three “first lines” of haiku of pages 72, 73 and 74 written by Gary.

 

Here are more Ready-made haiku taken from the table of contents of  “Breathmarks: Haiku to read in the dark”

by Gary Hotham (Canon Press, 1999, Isbn 1-885767-58-7):

 

coffee 20

night comes 21

more darkness 22

 

 

picking up the shells 26

the heat 27

 

 

music two centuries old 44

rest stop 45

the wind 46

 

 

spring wind 48

distand thunder 49

more coffee made 50

 

 

on my birthday 64

up late 65

the library book 66

 

 

no place 67

no hurry in the wind 68

outside the door 69

 

 

sipping the soup 80

this summer night 81

the sound they make 82

 

shadow 94

early in the night 95

before the dew is off 96

 

 

she comes back 91

one mirror for everyone 92

time to go 93

 

 

The table of contents and its “First lines” are only a sense of the beautiful haiku to come.  Gary Hotham’s writing is simply wonderfl. Here are the three complete haiku from page 84, 85, 86:

 

waiting up-

one hand warms

the other

 

a pile of orange peelings –

the night watchman

away from his desk

 

around our feet –

water on its way

to more water

 

Gary Hotham in Breathmarks

 

And, if you take the first line of each haiku, you get this beautiful and new “ready-made haiku”:

 

 

waiting up 84

a pile of orange peelings 85

around our feet 86

 

(Table of contents of Breathmarks by Gary Hotham)

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